Early Childhood Educators’ Professional Development at McKernan Child Development Centre

What are YOUR plans for Early Childhood Educators’ Professional Development Day? This year, McKernan Child Development Centre hosted their ECE PD Day events in September!  

On Friday, September 20, the McKernan Child Development Centre team and Community of Learners partners took part in “Action Research: It Sounds So Scary” with Beverly Dietze. This full day workshop answered questions such as: Why Action Research? Why do the words Action Research sound so scary? Why is the topic becoming prevalent in early childhood education?  Where do I begin? Where do we begin as a team?

Participants were introduced to principles of action research and how the process can provide a new lens to discover how children embrace their indoor and outdoor environments, their sense of curiosity, play, learning, and development. Using a variety of action research strategies, participants explored ways to capture action research, document the process, include children in the process, examine the findings that shed light on what the story is telling us, and determine how pedagogy and action research support quality programming.

On Saturday, September 21, MCDC hosted another session with Beverly Dietze. Thirty-two CAFRA directors and members attended “Cultivating Change Processes and Advancing Practices = Staff Renewal.” This session explored the questions: Why is change so challenging?  How are plans for change rolled out?  What happens if the change process is not done correctly?  What leadership skills are necessary? Why do some staff embrace it and others find it hard to adjust? How do I coach and support change?

New research, curriculum frameworks, and emerging ways of knowing are causing change to early learning programs and practices. But, going through change can either be rocky for and with staff or be the impetus for cultivating new areas of staff curiosity and renewal. This workshop introduced the theory of change followed by the examination of leadership skills and strategies to support the change process in teams with diverse generations, cultures, skills and talents. Using a variety of examples, participants engaged in thought-provoking discussions that provided insight into how staff can be empowered to embrace change and gain a sense of renewal through the change process. 

If you haven’t shared your ECE PD Day plans yet, please send them to Vicki at admin@cafra.ca so we can share them on the website. It doesn’t matter if you have room to host other attendees – just let us know how you are promoting ECE PD Day! Feel free to share photos and reports about your day as well and we will post them on our website.

Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Day

October 25, 2019

Understanding the importance of ongoing professional learning and development, CAFRA has designated the 4th Friday of each October (October 25, 2019) as an Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Day. This will be a day where ECE’s have the opportunity to learn together, unite under the common focus of continuous professional learning and become stronger as a community.

Substantial research on high quality Early Learning and Child Care programs worldwide clearly demonstrates that the greatest indicator of program quality is the knowledge, education and capacity of the Educators who work with children and families. In other words, educational preparation and the ongoing learning of Educators remains central to the quality of Early Learning and Child Care.

Please click the links below to see what some of our CAFRA centres are doing during the ECE Professional Development Day for 2019! Centres followed by “**” have space available for you to join them for their PD Day! See the link for details.

Terra Child and Family Support Centre**
UPDATE: Terra’s morning session is FULL, but there are still 15 spots available for the afternoon.
Bissell Centre**
Allen Gray Child Development Centre**
Talmud Torah Society**
City West Childcare & Community Support Society
Jasper Place Child and Family Resource Centre
McKernan Child Development Centre
Students’ Union and Community Early Learning Centre
Southview Child Care

What’s New?

Do you know of any upcoming professional development opportunities that would be of interest to CAFRA members? E-mail Vicki at admin@cafra.ca to have it added to the website and/or calendar. There are a few NEW opportunities posted now.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Minister’s Awards of Excellence in Child Development. The Minister’s Awards of Excellence in Child Development recognize professionals who make life better for children and families. Nominating these professionals, teams and programs honours excellence in their field. Doing so also celebrates their outstanding work with children at programs licensed or approved by the Government of Alberta. Find out more here. Nomination deadline is September 27, 2019.

The School Age Child Care Directors Association of Alberta (SACDA) is conducting a survey to gather information relating to SAC/OSC (School Age Care/ Out of School Care) across the province of Alberta. It should only take 5-8 minutes to complete. To participate in the survey, go here.

What’s New?

Everyone can now read about our new Board of Directors under “About CAFRA.”

Leadership Opportunity! AECEA invites AECEA members to submit an application for nomination to serve on the AECEA Board of Directors. Go here for more information: https://aecea.ca/webform/board-nomination.

First membership meeting of 2019-20 is September 19 at Southview Child Care. All members as well as potential new members are invited to attend! Hope to see you there!